UTICA, N.Y. – Brandon Clark, the man who admitted to murdering Utica teen Bianca Devins in July of 2019, has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.
Clark, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in February of 2020. Five months later, he tried to withdraw his plea, saying he was denied his right to effective counsel. He was assigned a new attorney in August.
Then in October, the judge denied Clark’s request to change his plea.
Clark was originally scheduled to be sentenced in November of 2020, but the hearing was postponed after a coronavirus cluster was reported at Oneida County Correctional Facility.
Clark killed 17-year-old Bianca Devins the morning of Boilermaker Sunday, July 14, 2019, after the two returned from a concert in New York City the night before. Clark posted photos of her body on social media before calling 911 and threatening to harm himself. The 911 recording was played during court proceedings, where Clark was heard saying "My name is Brandon, the victim is Bianca Michelle Devins I'm not going to stay on the phone for long, because I still need to do the suicide part of the murder-suicide."
He was formally charged with second-degree murder the following day.
Bianca’s family spoke at the sentencing Monday, including her mom and sister, Olivia. Olivia says she has terrifying and vivid nightmares, and fears meeting anyone new since her sister’s murder.
Bianca’s mother, Kim Devins, said she is haunted by the images of her daughter’s murder. She said the worst part is there are no more hugs, kisses or ‘I love yous’ from her daughter.
In September of 2020, former Congressman Anthony Brindisi introduced Bianca’s Law, legislation that would prevent the spread of graphic and violent content on social media. The law would require to social media platforms to establishes offices dedicated to finding and removing graphic content.